If you suffer from leg pain due to circulatory issues or veins problems, Dr. Leary may recommend wearing compression hose. Also, for the best results with sclerotherapy you should wear compression hose for 3 days after each treatment. Compression hose apply pressure to your legs most tightly around your ankles and gradually reduce the compression as they go higher on your legs. This prevents the blood from pooling in your lower legs. They also gently squeeze your legs, helping the muscles and veins move the blood supply through your legs. A number of people find wearing compression hose comforting to their legs.
Some have difficulty putting on compression hose. If you have the right technique, putting on compression hose can be simple. Here are some suggestions:
Wearing rubber gloves when putting on compression hose is helpful. They protect the stockings from snags or tears when putting them on. They also allow you to get a good grip on the stocking.
Be sure your legs and feet are dry. You can also use talcum or baby powder to help reduce the friction.
Make sure you are seated securely on a sturdy surface. Put your hand into the compression hose all the way down to the heel cup. Your fingers should be pointed toward the toe end of the stocking.
Holding on to the heel portion, turn the top part of the sock inside out with your fingers near the toe of the sock.
The heel and toe should be properly oriented to your leg before putting on the stocking. Try not to bunch up the hose when putting them on.
Hold on to the stocking just above the heel and slide your foot all the way into the compression stocking, make sure your heel is positioned firmly in the heel cup.
Pull the stocking over your foot until the ankle is covered.
Pull the rest of the stocking (the part that is inside out) up slowly and into position. For thigh high stockings it should be at the top of the thighs.
Be sure you have no folds or wrinkles in the hose.
Caring for your compression hose – Keep in mind that lanolin and oils can break down the elastic. They can be hand washed with mild soap. Rinse stockings out until all the soap is removed. Squeeze out as much water as you can, then lay the stockings flat or hang them to dry. Do not place near heat. Do not wring them out, as it may damage the way the compression stocking is woven. The more you wash them the better – Washing brings back the elasticity to the hose, and removes built up dirt and oils. Take good care of your compression hose and they can last up to 3 months.